Water Damage Drying Methods
Did your refrigerator start puddling water in your kitchen, or a washer line broke, sending inches of water through the laundry room?
Drying out a home after a water damage requires careful consideration of water drying methods to dry out in the right amount of time. Various methods can be used depending on area of water damage, water content and type of material. The two primary categories are 'disruptive' and 'aggressive' water drying methods.
Disruptive involves "demolition" and removing affected elements. Aggressive uses equipment to dry out materials so they can be retained without having to buy new ones.
Disruptive Methods (Removal, Injection, Perforation)
Removal of cushion.
Inter air-drying systems.
Removal of low permeance materials.
Perforation of low permeance materials.
Aggressive Methods (Humidity, Airflow, Temp)
In-place drying (Baseboards are usually dried in place with low specific humidity and dry airflow, MDF is always pulled)
When to use in place drying: clean water, wet less than 72 hours, when drying cushion/underlay won’t cause additional damage and there is adequate dehumidification. Certain new styles of carpet seem to delaminate immediately after getting wet; in these types of situations in place drying is very effective. In a case where wet underlayment needs to be removed from under this type of carpet, we can dry the carpet prior to removing the underlayment.
Benefits of drying aggressively: fewer repairs are needed, save millions on carpet and baseboard, jobs are completed faster.
Combining elements of both methods may be necessary depending on the combination of materials within the loss area. As a water damage expert based out of Vancouver Washington, we've seen just about every situation a water damage can encompass.
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